Statistics Canada’s daily data revealed Nova Scotia’s population surpassed the 1 million milestones. The media release followed it saying immigration to Canada played a large part in the population’s growth. Nova Scotia’s population grew 5,696 in the first quarter of 2021, the largest increase in the first quarter since 1971. Most immigrants to Nova Scotia came from India, China, the Philippines, Korea, and the United Kingdom in 2020 through Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program.
Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration, openly announced “We look forward to welcoming new people to Nova Scotia with open arms and experiencing the benefits of newcomers in all parts of the province.”
|The Province is working to attract and retain more young people, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers in the field of healthcare, education, and construction.|
Tim Houston, Nova Scotia’s Premier, in a media release expressed, “We all benefit from this growth with a greater tax base, new businesses and jobs, greater diversity and culture, and improved infrastructure.”
Immigration to Canada: Mandate Letter for Nova Scotia
Mandate letter dated September 14, 2021, indicates positive strategies to improve population levels in Nova Scotia.
The Premier of Nova Scotia tasked its Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration to increase the province’s population to two million by 2060. This is possible through a combination of inter-provincial migration as well as immigration to Canada programs.
Nova Scotia will target eligible immigrants to regional areas outside Halifax. Target groups will most likely include
- Individuals who can work remotely and have the flexibility to move.
- Current and former students who attend or attended university or college here and fell in love with the province.
- Individuals who love the outdoors and have always dreamed of living a more laid-back lifestyle, close to the ocean.
- People who have visited Nova Scotia as tourists.
Nova Scotia is also working towards the launch of a $2.5-million marketing initiative to promote immigration to Canada in near future.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program Targets 25,000 Newcomers Each Year
The Atlantic province attracts foreign talent with specialized skills or occupations that match identified labour shortages. The province also seeks to retain international students after they graduate from any institution in the province.
The Atlantic province now aims to attract 25,000 newcomers per year. With the province’s current immigration retention rate at 71 percent, the ambitious target seems achievable.
Any eligible foreigner can plan their immigration to Canada through provincial nomination from Nova Scotia in two ways:
- the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), and
- the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program.
Immigration to Canada Through Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
Ever since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015, all the Provincial Nominee Programs are categories into two streams: ‘enhanced’ & ‘base’ streams.
‘Enhanced’ stream offer registered candidates in the federal pool to be considered for provincial nominations. This guarantees permanent residency in Canada as additional 600 points are added to their overall qualifying score.
Eight different immigration streams under Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program include:
|‘Enhanced’ PNP streams –
‘Base’ stream targets candidates from a separate pool and delinked from federal Express Entry. It targets candidates with specific skills and experience for temporary residence in Canada.
|‘Base’ PNP streams –
4. Physician Stream: for physicians who have a job offer in Nova Scotia and are not in the Express Entry system;
5. Skilled Worker Stream: for skilled workers who have received a job offer in the province;
6. Occupation In-Demand Stream: for workers with a job offer in an occupation that is deemed “in-demand;”
7. Entrepreneur Stream: for individuals who wish to start a business in the province; and
8. International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream: for international graduates who wish to start a business in the province.
Immigration to Canada through Atlantic Immigration Program
Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is now a permanent federal immigration to Canada program. It will open doors for additional 6,000 eligible candidates to apply for Canada Visa annually.
Atlantic Canada is comprised of four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador.
To apply under the AIP, candidates must have a job offer from a designated employer. They must have also had an individualized settlement plan.
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